What medications help to control urge incontinence?

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Marc B. Garnick, MD
Hematology & Oncology
The most effective drugs for urge incontinence are oxybutynin (Ditropan), tolterodine (Detrol), and some of the tricyclic antidepressants. For incontinence that results from treatments for prostate enlargement -- such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), which may produce bladder instability and urge incontinence -- anticholinergic drugs such as propantheline (Pro-Banthine) and dicyclomine (Bentyl) may help. Other novel therapies are under investigation. All of these medicines may have troublesome side effects and it will be important to discuss with your physician which medicine is likely to be most useful for you.

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